Dr. Anusha Withana is a postdoctoral research fellow at Human-Computer Interaction Group, Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI) Cluster of Excellence at Saarland University, Germany. His primary research focus is in creating Blended Interfaces, which, he defines as interfaces that are ubiquitous, blend into the environment and leverage on natural affordances of the context. Within the abstraction under this umbrella term, he aims to explore the design factors such as interactivity in personal and shared spaces, modalities and social acceptance, also, technical factors such as re-usability, energy and appropriation.
Anusha did his postgraduate studies at the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, Japan and earned his PhD (2014) and Masters (2010) degrees before joining SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design) as a post-doctoral fellow. Other than his research, he is an amateur photographer and a movie fan. He also enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures.
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Tacttoo is a feel-through interface for electro-tactile output on the user’s skin. At less than 35μm in thickness, it is the thinnest tactile interface for wearable computing to date.
Multi-Touch Skin is a thin and flexible multi-touch sensor for on-skin input. The thin and flexible multi-touch sensor can be customized in size and shape to fit various locations on the body.